Each year, as the new year passes, we resolve to be better versions of ourselves. Whether that means changing the way we eat or the things we do, we all have certain visions of who we want to be. A new year brings with it a cleaner slate and we’re all eager to take advantage. However, more often than not, a few weeks into the year, we begin to realise that the slate is perhaps not as clean as we imagined. The imprints of our older selves still shine as boldly on it, however much we may try to erase them with newer habits.
Now, we’re not saying that change is impossible. More often than not, in the attempt to embrace new changes, we bite off more than we can chew and end up tiring ourselves out. But this does not mean that changing is impossible. It just means that the growth we plan for needs to be sustainable. So, here are a few tips to make this year the best one so far:
1. Set smaller goals
Instead of envisioning the finish line, plan to get ten yards closer to it each day. Ten yards may not be a lot but before you know it, you’ll reach your goals with ease. When you set yourself a task that seems daunting, it can be harder to reach the goal, even if you have the ability to do so. For instance, if you want to lose 20 kilos, don’t suddenly jump into an exercise routine or diet that’s going to leave you exhausted within a few days. Plan on losing small chunks of weight every week or month, whichever is easier. Though your progress will be slower, it will be easier for you to get to your goal weight and even manage to stay there with routines that are smaller, simpler, and equally effective.
2. Plan in quarters
Instead of setting yourself a goal you want to reach by the end of the year, set milestones within the same goal to reach every three months. This is helpful because often, we end up procrastinating on our goals, thinking there’s a ton of time ahead. There are 12 whole months! I can do this tomorrow! But before you know it, your time’s up. Set milestones you need to reach every few months to enable your goal so that you are always working towards it. This way, you’re less likely to feel upset with yourself when you notice it’s time to dig out the winter clothes again.
3. Sort your finances
If there’s one thing in life that’s unpredictable, it’s your finances. You may have surplus funds today, but due to an unforeseen event, you may end up spending it all and being left with hardly anything. Being able to plan your finances for as many events as possible can ensure that you set aside funds for these events and prevent yourself from losing all your savings at once. One of the easiest ways to do so is to invest in financial products that suit your needs and priorities. Certain essentials like life insurance, health insurance, and even a set of savings in policies like ULIPs are a must. After all, you never know where life takes you this year. It’s always better to be prepared.
4. Make time for family
Finally, one of the most important things you can do to make this year better than the last is make time for your loved ones and family. The connections we make in our lives are what enrich our days and it is important to always keep nurturing them whenever possible. Don’t let your friends or family slip away due to work commitments.